In the space of one season, Pringle of Scotland has gone from a having a high-profile creative director and full-scale runway shows to an in-house design team dressing models for an intimate presentation in a hotel suite. How has the absence of Alistair Carr affected the venerable knitwear house's offering for Spring 2013? Gone are Carr's rambunctious neon prints and asymmetrical cardigans, replaced by straightforward cocktail dresses, pleated skirts, and an update on the argyle print the house is known for.
"The collection was a soul-searching mission, and we delved back into our heritage," said the label's CEO, Jean Fang. Most of the knitwear, in some of the finest cashmere the house has ever produced, was made in Scotland, with a smidgen coming from mills in Italy. But never mind that; this collection examined the work Pringle produced in the '50s, but updated it with contemporary tailoring and decoration. One short-sleeved, cobalt-blue sweater was richly decked out with baby-blue-and-pink rhinestones, and a boxy gray cotton jacket was affixed with a knit collar and sleeves. The skirt that went with it — like many of the skirts and trousers in this collection — had its seams brought forward to the hips to create interesting pleats.